Does God Exist?
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"The fool has said in his heart,
'There is no God'",
The Most Basic Question
This, of course, is the most basic question that can be asked relative to Christianity. The Bible never questions the existence of God, but rather assumes it from the very first verse (Genesis 1:1): "In the beginning, God...". The same idea is echoed in the New Testament (John 1:1): "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".
In the Book of Exodus (chapter 3:14), when asked about His Name, God replied with the awesome (by its implications) statement:
"I Am That I Am."
This, rather than being like a human name, is an unqualified declaration of absolute, eternal existence. The original Hebrew word that this phrase translates has the combined meanings, "I am, I was, and I will be". No equivalent statement is made of or by any mere human in the Bible. Similarly, in Genesis 1:1, the Hebrew word translated "created" is never used for something done by a human. God's use of the former term leaves us with only two choices: Either He exists and is everything the Bible says He is, or He does not exist at all. Again, the Bible assumes that He does.
Yet the Bible does recognize unbelief as a major problem, and a number of passages deal with this issue. The instrument that God uses in the Bible to prove His existence is not argument. It is the fulfillment of prophecy. If you have read much in the way of fantasy literature, you have certainly encountered the literary device of "ancient prophecies" being fulfilled. It so happens that this idea was introduced to fantasy literature by J.R.R. Tolkien in his famous "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" novels. Tolkien was a Christian and he got the idea from the Bible. It has been used many times since by other fantasy writers. But real ancient prophecies only really get fulfilled in connection with the Bible.
To list and fully describe all the prophecies in the Bible that have already been fulfilled is beyond the scope of this Web site. But a number of these prophecies have been analyzed from the standpoint of mathematical probability. It turned out that the odds against those studied all being fulfilled by chance was on the order of trillions (billions to the British) to one against it. One of the laws of mathematical probability is that when something that improbable repeatedly happens, it is not a chance event. It had to be caused. God, in the Bible, says that He prophesies a particular event, and then He Himself acts to make it happen.
As we read in Isaiah 46:11;
"Indeed, I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it; I will also do it."
From the Biblical standpoint, a divine prophecy is not just a forecast of the future; it is God telling us what He is going to do.
Here is an example of the fulfillment of prophecy that can be verified by anyone who visits Jerusalem. The relevant prophecy is found in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 44:1 & 2. In the passage, the prophet Ezekiel, in vision, was being given a guided tour of a rebuilt Jerusalem by an angel. (Jerusalem was in ruins when the prophecy was given, having been destroyed by the Babylonians.) He was taken around the walls, and saw that the Eastern Gate, which in ancient times led from outside the walls directly into the Temple, was shut up.
The angel explained the fact that it was shut up in these words: "This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it (Note; "entered by it" before it was shut, not before Ezekiel had the vision.); therefore, it shall be shut."
Now you can go to Jerusalem today and go around the walls of the Old City. You will see that of the seven original gates, all but one are open and in use. Just one, the Eastern Gate, is walled up. (Note: it's the one on the east side near the Dome of the Rock.) It has been walled up since shortly after the Muslims conquered the city. There have been attempts made since to reopen it, but they have always failed. There is now a Muslim cemetery outside the Gate, so it isn't likely to be opened in the foreseeable future. That part of the prophecy has been fulfilled.
The Eastern Gate
It is shut up!
But what about the Lord God of Israel entering by it? That part of the prophecy was fulfilled on the day that Christians call the first Palm Sunday, in what is called the Triumphal Entry. The person who first laid claim to being the Lord God of Israel is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:30). Mounted on a donkey (in fulfillment of another prophecy, found in Zechariah 9:9), He rode into Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate while the crowd hailed Him as King (John 12:12-16). The Lord God of Israel has entered through the Eastern Gate. Therefore, it is shut!
In Isaiah 44:6-8, God in so many words challenges the gods of the pagan religions of that day to prove their existence by being able to make prophecies that will come true. Only in connection with the God of the Bible does this happen, unambiguously, to any significant degree. As previously stated, it has happened to a degree that has been calculated to be improbable by a factor of trillions to one against it all happening by chance. In other words, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of the existence of the God of the Bible.
You may refuse to believe that the God of the Bible exists, but that won't make Him not exist. People once believed that the world was flat. That didn't make the world flat. It just stopped them from discovering America and exploiting its resources. If you chose not to believe in the God of the Bible, it will only keep you from knowing Him and experiencing His blessings and salvation.
The Final Proof
Again, the Bible never questions the existence of God, but it does recognize unbelief as a major problem. Part of the message of the Bible is God's intention to prove His own existence. How the final proof will come about is the subject, by another name, of this Web site. The Final Proof will be the Second Coming of Christ. See Revelation 1:7 and Zechariah 12:10.
However, the God of the Bible, as in the Old Testament, could be real, and yet, not as in the New Testament. There have been a number of difficult questions brought against the Christian Faith. We will look at one of the most important in the following page,
The Validity of the New Testament
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